The Splunk Shark Files

SplunkSharkFile

Recently we saw a crazy situation where you have a community divided over shark nets. Conservation Groups have been protesting on the beaches for shark net removal. Yet not two weeks later the same community are partitioning the councils to implement more shark nets to keep the beach safe.

Understanding that this has all taken place in the shadow of three serious shark attacks in the past 30 days. To say people are nervous is an understatement. I’m a diver, I know that every time we go into the ocean we are going into their territory, thats one of the reasons I dive, its another world down there. I hate to think of the indiscriminate killing of threatened species such as the Grey Nurse, but also other species like whales and dolphins that get caught in these nets and drown.  I’ve had the opportunity to dive with these amazing creatures and it scary, unbelievable, fantastic and freaking amazing all rolled into one. Try it out yourself.

After seeing all the media, I started to wonder if there are any insights into global shark attack information. Possibly showing hot spots, activities patterns. So my search for global shark data began and what I found was interesting. There are stats available for attacks going back to wartime when a register first started.

My aim is to try and determine if there is any way to predict most likely attach times and locations so that proactive protection strategies ( such as increase aerial observation and tag tracking could be implemented more cost effectively.

Over the coming weeks I’ll give you a peek into the “The S Files” (The Splunk Shark Files) I’m hoping to find insights from this data. I know sharks don’t get a lot of sympathy but they are the top the the food chain and without them the whole ecosystem suffers.

SplunkSharkFile

The Splunk Shark Files

Investigation

  • Types of sharks attacking
  • Severity of the attacks
  • Time of year of attacks occur
  • who is likely to be attacked
  • time of day of attacks
  • populations vs attack rates

Locations

  • Location of attacks
  • Are there shark attack hot spots?

Activities

  • Are divers been attacked in known dive sites?
  • Concentration of dive shops v’s attacks
  • Activity happening in cases of attacks
  • Are our activities impacting attack frequency
  • Have ban on commercial fishing effected the frequency of attacks?
  • Stats on provoked v’s unprovoked attacks
  • Are fishing activities effecting frequency of attacks?

There’s a bunch of ideas here, I’m not sure what the data will reveal. If you have any ideas add them to the comments below.

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